WHAT'S GLASGOW LIKE?

Classified as one of Europe's best-kept secrets, Glasgow is an international city that boasts of cultural diversity, beautiful landscape and a live music scene that cannot be surpassed. Meeting Glaswegians is an activity in itself, as they are a people who are full of life, value time with friends and family and have an accent unlike any other. As you wander the West End, where the University of Glasgow is located, you will become acquainted with this bohemian district that houses quaint cafés, tea rooms, bars, boutiques, posh hotels, clubs and restaurants.

On the opposite end of the city, you can stroll Sauchiehall Street, where you can attend an opera or listen to a bagpiper play a haunting hymn that echoes the cobblestone streets for miles. Another main event is the annual West End Festival that takes place for 16 days in June and is known as "Scotland's Mardi Gras". Activities include outdoor theater, music, film, comedy and various street markets. Don't forget to save some of your "quid" for a bowl full of haggis and after a few weeks (and a chance to improve your Scottish ear) you'll feel right at home with the locals!

REGION AND POPULATION

Glasgow is a city of about 600,000 people and the largest in Scotland. It is located in the western central part of the country. The country of Scotland consumes the northern part of the island of Great Britain that also includes England and Wales. The United Kingdom (also known as the U.K.) is comprised of the island of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and many small local islands.

 

 

CLIMATE

Glasgow's climate is classified as Oceanic and because of its westerly position is milder than most areas in Scotland.

Type

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Highs

44

45

49

54

60

64

67

66

61

54

48

44

Lows

35

35

37

40

45

50

53

53

49

44

39

35

Avg. Rainfall

5.8

4.1

4.4

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.8

3.6

4.4

5.6

4.9

5.3

 

WHAT'S STIRLING LIKE?

Stirling is a small city with a fascinating mix of old and new. The historic Stirling Castle and Wallace monument are beautiful sites among the towns city center bustling with retail stores, markets, museums and performance spaces. The city encompasses a beautiful scenery with the River Forth running through the middle and the rolling hills of the lower highlands amongst the city back drop. The city is thriving and has a reputation as one of the most attractive places to live in the U.K.

Stirling also plays host to the majority of national sport teams' training facilities. This provides the city and university will additional resources for promoting and creating recreation and organized sports leagues. Stirling is well connected with motorways and railways making it the perfect location for students wishing to visit other major cities or exploring the outdoors.

REGION AND POPULATION

Stirling was granted official city status in 2002 as part of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubliee. The city of Stirling has approximately 45,750 residents many of whom attend or work at the University of Stirling. The city is considered at the heart of Scotland with its position strategically located between the lowlands and highlands.

 

CLIMATE

The city of Stirling's climate is typical to rest of central Scotland in that is is cool, cloudy & damp. It is however affected by the warm Gulf Stream air current from the Atlantic Ocean keeping the temperatures a bit more mild and providing less snow during the winter months. Stirling, similar to eastern Scotland, sees more sunshine than the western part of the country.

Type

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Highs

45

48

59

63

64

72

73

73

72

54

54

48

Lows

37

36

39

43

48

54

55

59

50

43

43

37

Avg. Rainfall

1.45

1.47

2.13

3.54

5.11

4.65

6.90

5.71

4.68

3.55

2.42

1.85